HR is successfully devolving responsibilities to line managers, and most employees are happy to let their immediate bosses handle workplace issues, according to a new report.
The research, by HR and payroll software provider Snowdrop Systems, shows that just one in 10 employees would rather quit their current job than discuss a thorny issue with their boss, citing lack of trust in their boss to follow up the conversation as their top reason.
The survey of more than 1,000 people reveals that line managers have taken many HR responsibilities on board, and employees are happy to raise most workplace concerns with their bosses rather than the HR department.
The report finds employees will talk to their bosses about:
- Taking annual leave (89 per cent)
- Time off sick (84 per cent)
- Career development/training (83 per cent)
- Salary rises/promotions (78 per cent)
- Feedback on colleagues for appraisals (73 per cent)
- Maternity/paternity leave (68 per cent).
Less clear-cut are conversations around equal pay, where only 51 per cent would speak to their boss, and raise formal grievances, where 47 per cent would approach their boss. Asking for details of company policies is still considered HR’s realm, with just 30 per cent of employees talking to their boss about this.
The most dreaded workplace conversation is asking for a salary rise or promotion (60 per cent dislike this discussion), followed by raising formal grievances about a colleague (40 per cent).
Asking to be paid the same as colleagues doing the same job and giving feedback on colleagues in appraisals tie at 32 per cent.
Reassuringly, asking for maternity or paternity leave is regarded as the easiest conversation, with only 9 per cent rating it as difficult.